N. American vehicle output tops 16 million in 2013

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Final numbers aren't in yet, but North American car and truck production reached an estimated 16.6 million units in 2013, up 4 percent. That would mark the first time since 2005 that production surpassed 16 million units.

Mexican plants are expected to have produced a record number of vehicles in 2013, an estimated 3,071,000 units, topping 2012's record of 3,020,404.

Several manufacturers' North American totals are expected to surpass records set in 2012. Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Nissan and Toyota all had record producing years in 2013, Automotive News, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe, estimates; but BMW, Subaru, Volkswagen and AutoAlliance — the Ford-Mazda joint venture —produced fewer units in 2013 than in 2012.

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